Do You Face Criminal Charges in Indiana?
The stakes of a criminal case are high. If convicted, you could face harsh criminal penalties, including fines, restitution, probation and even prison. Furthermore, the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction can turn your life upside down, affecting your job, professional license, family life and other factors.
Please remember: You are innocent until proven guilty.
An experienced Indiana criminal defense lawyer knows how to effectively defend against the charges you face. Defense lawyer Paul Rossi will aggressively defend against the charges you face, seeking the best possible outcome, whether it be dismissal of charges, reduced charges, alternative sentencing or acquittal by jury.
1. The Legal System Wants You to Plead Guilty in the Very Beginning of a Case.
The legal system is set up to pressure you into a guilty plea, even if you’re innocent. The sheer volume of cases motivates judges, prosecutors and public defenders to pressure criminal defendants to plead guilty at the very earliest stage of a case.
You should protect your freedom and your record by having a free consultation with The Law Office of Paul A. Rossi, LLC before your arraignment. Your free consultation will give you insights into legal defenses overlooked by a legal system anxious to get you to plead guilty.
2. The Consultation
During your free consultation, I will ask you to tell me what happened in your own words. Some clients like to prepare a written account of the events that led to their Lake County arrest; others feel more comfortable relating the events verbally.
The next stage of the consultation consists of questions I will need to ask you in order to determine what kind of defense strategy would work best in your case.
For instance, if you were being charged as being one of three men involved in a robbery, one question I would ask you is whether or not you have a person who could serve as an alibi witness in your defense.
Many cases involve illegal searches. If you have such a case, I would ask you questions about the search to determine whether or not I can get the case dismissed by bringing a motion to suppress evidence seized as a result of an illegal search.
After gathering the information I will need to determine what kind of defense would work best in your case, I will discuss with you the strategy I would pursue to achieve a successful outcome for you.
Finally, I will invite you to discuss your greatest concerns with me and to ask me any questions you feel are important to your defense. I am confident that I will be able to guide you through this crisis with my many years of experience building successful defenses for my clients.